In 1960's a Helsinki Finland Journalist/Author wrote a short story entitled "The Princess" - non-fiction about his wife (first name Gunner - last name I can't…

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18.07.2001

In 1960's a Helsinki Finland Journalist/Author wrote a short story entitled "The Princess" - non-fiction about his wife (first name Gunner - last name I can't remember) What became of the author and his ailing wife and their child?

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18.07.2001
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It is the question of the Finnish-Swedish journalist and writer Gunnar Mattsson (b.1937). After The Princess he wrote a sequel to the story (Prinsen, 1966). It is a description of the first year of his little son. In his autobiographical novel Kungen (1971) he revealed the dark sides of the life of an best selling writer.His story about her wife was an international success, it was translated into thirty languages and also a film of the story was made. Unfortunately he had to struggle against a very serious drinking problem and he died relatively young, at the age of 52 in 1989. His wife Seija recovered from her long illness and worked as a nurse in Helsinki. However, the side effects of the radiotherapy had been injurious to her heart and she died in 1997. After her husband's death Seija Mattsson married a Norwegian teacher Ola Tungesvik who wrote a book about those seven happy years of their life together( Om jeg får vaere lykkelig, 1997). Gunnar och Seija Mattssons son Kai studied economics an as far as I know he lives in Helsinki.

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